As a leading non-profit supporter of the arts, we at Classical MPR want to help educators in Minnesota (and beyond) to enrich the minds and nourish the spirits of their students with tools, resources and programs that have been created collaboratively by Classical MPR staff.
Ulysses the unicyclist helps us examine the idea of rests in the Class Notes video "Rests: Sometimes Music is Silence."
The Class Notes video "Fast or Slow Means Tempo" explores the concept of tempo, what it means, how it's used, and why it's such an integral element of a score -- with some help from two bearded lumberjacks.
This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music.
In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform.
The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so.
This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses.
The Class Notes video What's in a Title? offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause.
This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music.
Singing is a natural act, and using a few basic practices from this new video from Classical MPR, we can establish the foundation for a lifetime of the joy and richness it brings ourselves and others.
As a composer, singer, instrumentalist, and leader, Lyz Jaakola is an extraordinary ambassador for Ojibwe-Anishinaabe music and culture. In this video, Jaakola takes us through various kinds of Ojibwe musical expression, and offering historical and traditional insights along the way.
Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.
Did you know music often reflects the time and place in which it was written? For example, Zoltan Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta' gives us a look at a society and culture that was forever altered by the march of history. A new Class Notes video from Classical MPR shares the history behind the music.
What tools do composers use to evoke emotions in music? This video will help teachers and students learn different techniques to help make music come alive.
Clark the caterpillar is our guide through music and emotion in this Class Notes video, our standards-based series of fun, short movies about music education.
School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school and student music ensembles during the academic year. This week's performance comes from the Willmar High School Cardinal Choir under the baton of Neal Haugen.
Looking at the lives and work of music teachers across Minnesota.
Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Matthew Krage, Director of Choirs and Director of Theatre at Virginia High School in Virginia, Minn.
Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Paul Kile, Director of Bands at Edina High School in Edina, Minn.
Listen here to the 2014-15 Class Notes Artists CD: Bach, Birds, and Blues, plus bonus tracks.
The Mill City String Quartet completed a tour of elementary schools in southern Minnesota as 2014-15 Class Notes Artists. They performed for approximately 2,700 students across eight different schools.